Egyptian asylum seekers in the UK soar dramatically

London, Amer Sultan, Wednesday 1 Feb 2012

Number of Egyptians seeking asylum in Britain increased threefold during the first year of the January 25 Revolution, says UK Home Office report

Egyptians seeking asylum in the UK jumped to 254 applicants in the first three quarters of 2011, approximately three times the amount seen two years ago, a new UK Home Office immigration report shows.

In 2010 the number of Egyptian asylum seekers reached 90 persons with 31 of the applicants being granted asylum in UK.

The report, a copy of which had been passed to Ahram Online on Monday, did not mention how many applications were successful in 2011.

In 2009 and 2008, the number of Egyptian asylum seekers entering the UK was 60 and 59 respectively.

The statistics show that Egyptian asylum seekers make up only one per cent of Arab citizens applying for UK asylum from countries that are witnessing popular uprisings across the region.

Libya topped the list of asylum seekers from the Arab Spring nations. The number of Libyan applicants reached 951 during the first nine months of 2011, the report shows.

Syrians seekers numbered 345 while Yemenis and Tunisians reached 148 and 56 applicants respectively.

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